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Belief Still High For DJ

15 November 2017

Daniel Johnson still believes PNE will have a positive season despite a dip in form in the last month.

The midfielder is aiming to get back to winning ways on Friday night against Bolton Wanderers at Deepdale, and expects North End to take the positives out of recent games and not focus on the negative.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of Phil Parkinson's side, the 25-year-old said: "You've just got to take the positives out of the games we've lost. It's not like we've gone into those games and been battered in every single game, we've been in every game we've played.

"Like the scoreline against Ipswich, we didn't score a goal or anything but we were in the game and it was mistakes that we made that cost us.

"There is nothing to say that we can't still get into the Play-Offs or anything because it's only November and there are still a lot of games to play.

"There are still a lot of games to play, it's still early stages so come February or March we will see where we are at. I'm sure we will be right up there with the other teams.

On turning things around, Johnson continued: "We have to focus on what we are doing and get back to basics and doing the things that we were doing at the start of the season that brought us success.

"We've just got to concentrate on what we are doing and get that winning feeling back into the camp because we've got two big away games after Friday and ultimately we want to go there and cause an upset and this is the start of it."

The game comes at the end of the latest international break, and Johnson feels it came at a good time for the squad.

"I think it came at a great time, we've had a couple of bad results but ultimately we've not played really bad or anything like that. We've just got to take the positives out of the games really.

"We've had a good little break, we managed to get ourselves rested up and we are ready to go again.

"There's a lot of frustration within the whole team with losing games and not picking up the results that we should be getting. Mentally, and physically, but mainly mentally, to get those couple of days to switch off and spend time with your family really does us good.

"Obviously we are back in now and we switch back on and go again on Friday.

With a local derby next up, Johnson feels the support from the Deepdale faithful could be key on Friday night.

"The fans are going to be massive, credit to the fans always, especially at the away games, they come and show their support and you see that they believe in us and they believe we can go to that next step. The fans are going to play a massive part and I'm sure they will be very vocal on Friday."


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